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Mushrooms have been used for centuries as some of the oldest functional and healing foods. From ancient China through the discovery of penicillin mushrooms have been known as a powerhouse supporter of the immune system for thousands and thousands of years. The vast number of mushrooms, and their unique constituents, provide an expansive and diverse array of benefits to humans.

Our Wellness Way Mushroom Immune combines mycelia from 14 unique organic mushrooms to create a synergistic blend. This formula provides necessary constituents for use as a preventative support, a maintenance for a strong, well-functioning immune response, and protection from immune breakdown.  This level of support is especially crucial during times of immune deficiency, chronic stress, debility, illness, and fatigue.

Many of the health and restorative benefits of mushrooms are derived from the constituents of each including glucan polysaccharides and polysaccharide-peptides found in their cell walls. Polysaccharides are long molecule chains that have powerful immune supporting properties. They have been shown to activate the immune response and support a variety of immune response cells such as monocytes, neutrophils, dendritic cells, natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages as well as chemical messengers, such as interferons, cytokines, and interleukins. Some of those characteristics have been shown in studies to support the body as:

  • Immunomodulating
  • Antioxidant
  • Antimutagenic
  • Antiviral, antimicrobial, antiparasitic
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Antidiabetic properties

A bottle of The Wellness Way Immune on a bed of medicinal mushrooms. On the right side is a list of benefitsBelow you can find a description of each of the mushrooms included in our comprehensive blend, including links for studies specific for each.

Maitake  The polysaccharides in matitake have a unique structure and have been extensively researched for their immunomodulating activity. Maitake’s primary polysaccharide, beta-D-glucan is well absorbed orally and has been researched extensively for its immune benefits as it relates to cancer and blood sugar support. It is helpful in supporting normal function for a wide variety of concerns including blood sugar metabolism, blood pressure regulation, healthy cholesterol levels, and urinary tract health.

Reishi contains numerous polysaccharides as well as triterpenes and amino acids that promote a normal immune response and provide cardiovascular and blood sugar support. It stimulates circulation and helps regulate blood pressure. Its water-soluble polysaccharides have been researched to have extensive immune supporting activity. Research studies report Reishi mushroom helps support healthy cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, and inhibits platelet aggregation. Its properties include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, and demonstrates anti-allergic activity.

Turkey Tail, also called Coriolus, has a multicolored mushroom cap resembling a turkey’s tail. It has been heavily researched for its anti-cancer properties and its ability to support a normal immune response. Polysaccharide Krestin (PSK), a water-soluble protein-bound polysaccharide and polysaccharide-peptide (PSP) are two key compounds in Turkey Tail that have been the focus of much research. PSK acts both directly and indirectly to support normal cell replication and enhances interferon production to destroy viruses. PSP supports the immune system and has been studied to explore it for anti-mutagenic properties.

Chaga is known in Siberia as the “Mushroom of Immortality.” Sibereans consumed it on a daily basis to increase stamina, prevent disease, and promote longevity. It is unlike other mushrooms in that it isn’t soft, but very hard like wood, and looks less like a mushroom and more like a large tree growth. It protects itself from harsh climates by concentrating natural compounds in order to survive, making it extremely nutrient dense and powerful in its health benefits. Chaga is high in B vitamins, minerals, enzymes, flavonoids, and phenols. It contains a unique pigment-like phenolic compound called chromogenic complex, which exerts a protective effect on tissues. Chaga is also rich in superoxide dismutase (SOD), a potent antioxidant enzyme that scavenges tissue-damaging free radicals. It is considered to be a powerful adaptogen that strengthens the body’s resistance to stress. Its active constituents are believed to be polysaccharides, triterpenes, and sterols. It has anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antiviral, analgesic, hepatoprotective, immune supporting, and hypoglycemic effects. It is also a rich source of beta glucans that possess immunomodulating activity.

Cordyceps contains polysaccharides, sterols, peptides, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and nucleotides, and have been found to support the heart, lungs, kidneys, adrenals, and immune system. They are commonly used to support energy, endurance, and sexual vitality.  Cordyceps has antioxidant, free radical-scavenging, antimutagenic and hypoglycemic properties.

Shiitake demonstrates antimutagenic benefits not by directly attacking cancer cells, but by supporting the immune response and is used in Japan to help support immune function in cancer patients. It also has immunomodulating, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, hepatoprotective, and cardiovascular effects.

Lions Mane is used in traditional Chinese medicine to increase strength and vigor, and to improve digestion. Its polysaccharides have been shown to have cytotoxic effects in cancer cells. Lions Mane is unique in that is supports brain health. It contains nerve growth factors, which are involved in the growth of neurons.

Poria cocos demonstrates anti-cancer and immunomodulatory activities. Its main chemical constituents include triterpenoids, polysaccharides, ergosterol, caprylic acid, undecanoic acid, lauric acid, dodecenoic acid, and palmitic acid. In Chinese medicine it is used to support normal function of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and spleen.

Fomes fomentarius has a long history of use as a styptic to stop bleeding and as a vulnerary to heal wounds. It exhibits antimicrobial, antiviral, and antimutagenic properties, which are believed to be primarily attributed to its nutrient content and to a substance it contains called fomentariol.

Agaricus blazei, native to Brazil, is widely cultivated in Japan for its medicinal properties. It supports the immune system and has shown immunomodulating and antimutagenic activity.

Mesima, also known as Phellinus Linteus, contains beta D-glucans, which enhance immune activity, and a compound called interfungins A, which has been reported to help support healthy blood sugar levels. It also exhibits antioxidant, antimutagenic, and antimicrobial effects. It has been used to support gastroenteric function concerning constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowels.

Tramella is thought of as a tonic to the immune system and has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine with exhaustion and debility. It supports a normal immune response and leukocyte activity. Tramella contains the polysaccharide glucuronoxylomannan, which has been shown to have immune modulating activity.

Velvet Foot, known in China and Japan as Enokitake, is traditionally used in Chinese medicine with various liver diseases and gastric ulcers. It has antimutagenic properties and contains the beta-glycoprotein Proflamin, which has been researched to explore its use as a combination therapy in immune treatment.

 Zhu Ling (Polyporus umbellatus) has been traditionally used in cases involving edema, urinary problems, vaginal discharge, jaundice, and diarrhea. It possesses diuretic activities and has been used in the support of kidney function. It has antimutagenic, immune supporting, and hepatoprotective properties.

The benefits of Mushroom Immune are different for each individual based on the unique needs of their systems. Finding a good, quality supplement that delivers what is promised on the label isn’t easy. To find our favorite recommendation, visit The Wellness Way store:A bottle of The Wellness Way's Mushroom Immune SupplementRemember, the Swiss Watch of the body is a delicate balance! For more information and to find out how your body is handling inflammation and other immune responses, contact a Wellness Way clinic today.

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